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May 5, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Olympia roommates jailed over May Day ’12, refused to testify

Pair deserved jail time

Nobody likes to be a snitch, and solitary confinement may have been too harsh in this case, but Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran were rightfully imprisoned for contempt of court [“Pair jailed over May Day in ’12 steer clear — again,” NWThursday, May 2].

I don’t believe for a minute the contention that the government wanted to identify their friends’ “political beliefs.” The feds wanted to know the plans of their anarchist friends to commit illegal acts, like attacking police officers and destroying property. Olejnik and Duran should have either revealed those plans or truthfully claimed no knowledge of them. Both people deserved to do time.

The Seattle Times readers wouldn’t know of this viewpoint from Alexa Vaughn’s biased article, which sympathizes with the defendants and fails to question their refusal to take personal responsibility for their knowledge of criminal acts.

Phillip Johnson, Seattle

| Topics: anarchy, jail, May Day

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